Sports Unlimited: Meet the UST volleybelles

By Jasmine Perez, Multimedia Producer, Sports Unlimited

Posted at Jun 20 2013 11:34 AM | Updated as of Jun 20 2013 07:34 PM

Season 75 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) saw the duo of the Growling Tigers' Maruja Banaticla and Judy Ann Caballejo successfully defend their beach volleyball title against Adamson University's Pau Soriano and Shiela Pineda.

The beach volleyball event held at the University of Caloocan saw the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) emerge as back-to-back champion, extending the Growling Tigers' reign on the sand court and earning their second MVP title.

Beach volleyball was included in the UAAP's starting in the 69th season. Since then, UST has produced two championship titles and has made two first runner-up finishes in the women's division.

The Tigers are determined to keep the title in their turf. They have beefed up their beach volleyball program with new recruits and by building their own sand court.

Sports Unlimited visited their training grounds and accepted the ladies' offer to teach hosts Dyan Castillejo and Marc Nelson the basics of beach volleyball.

Unlike indoor volleyball where you have a whole team to back you up, in beach volleyball, it is just you and your partner guarding your court.

Thus, it is important for beach volleyball teammates to have great rapport with each other.


Dyan and Marc performed drills with the UST Lady Tigers. Afterwards, they put what they learned to the test with two sets of race to ten.

Team Dyan won the first set while Team Marc tied the game with a second set win, ending the competition in a draw.

With beach volleyball gaining popularity in the country, it will only take a little more time before the UAAP's beach volleyball event will start making waves.

Aired on June 8, 2013